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Fine Homebuilding magazines available

July 19, 2018, 9:07 pm

Fine Homebuilding magazines available FREE if you pick them up in Fairfax Virginia or $25 + shipping costs if I ship them. Issues 1 thru 145 – missing 4, 75, 82, 86, 93, 112, 124, 138, 139, 142 Al... Read more »

Steel Tubing Bend Capacity

June 30, 2018, 6:51 pm

I am looking at sinking 25 foot pipe vertically 5 feet below the surface and securing with concrete. The pipe is 2 1/16 OD steel oil pipe. Read more »


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Heating tape/cable on water pipes

January 22, 2018, 3:08 pm

I just had to replace my 33 year old heat tape on my water pipe that runs through an unheated portion of my building. NOTE: this is the self regulating type of heating cable, not the stuff with a ... Read more »

Wall stud planing/sanding

December 30, 2017, 4:43 am

I am working on replacing a uni-body fiberglass shower stall that was installed in when my house was built, with a 3 piece stackable stall. The problem I am running into is the bottom piece is a litt... Read more »

Lead flashing questions ?

November 12, 2017, 7:35 pm

Hi I have a single storey extension being built . The roof has been built and the angles and measurements as per plans . We have tiled the roof and tiles are really close to upvc windows . As per the... Read more »

What to replace side of garage with

October 29, 2017, 4:07 am

I am having to replace the siding to the side of my detached garage. I was wondering if instead of using siding if I could us flat plastic roofing? If yes how should I attach it? Thanks for your hel... Read more »

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' ...

August 11, 2017, 5:45 pm

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' x 10' tent. Any ideas? Read more »

Fresh air system HRV & ERV

June 28, 2017, 2:51 am

Hi there, This is Victina who dealing with the HRV & ERV. Many houses choose the ventilation system now. Have you use one? Kindly like to listen your opinions about this. Victina Read more »

Using 2" schedule 40 pipe as support for basketball backboard and hoop

June 8, 2017, 4:31 am

I wish to put up a basketball hoop, using 2 schedule 40 pipe. Is this pipe sufficient from a strength perspective. I would cement it 4' below ground. Read more »

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A couple of baseboard questions

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I'll just jump right into it. First, I'm looking for advice on how to transition between different types of baseboards. I need to go from a quarter round to a 2 3/8 standard baseboard. It's also... Read more »

cedar shingle cutting jig for gable end sidewalls

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We're shingling the sidewalls of a house with northern white cedar shingles. Does anyone have a suggestion for a jig to use in cutting the sets of shingles that head into the gable soffits at the e... Read more »

HVAC system 20 degree rule

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HI. I recently did a major overhaul on our house in Atlanta, due to a fire last summer. My house is about 2500 sq.ft. and the sub contractor put in a 4 ton unit with three zones. We are having a gr... Read more »

Horizontal crack in foundation - found on home inspection

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My daughter and her husband were purchasing a 10 year old home and had it inspected. Here is what the inspector found regarding the foundation: HORIZONTAL AND STEP CRACKING WAS OBSERVED ON FRONT FOUN... Read more »

Builder accidentally veered from plans

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We are doing a custom build home in a subdivision and we were very excited to be able to design the layout. The builders are at the point now where tile is going on the floors and with the tile on th... Read more »

Knee Wall bottom plate question

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Hello all, I am finshing off the upper story of my 1 1/2 story Cape Cod, using the usual knee walls. I am building them with a 2x4 bottom plate, 2x4 studs, and a 2x6 top plate bevel-ripped to the roo... Read more »

Floor leveler

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Want to put down pergo type flooring over ceramic tile. Is there a material that can be poured or screeded on top of the tile to flatten the surface? Thanks Mike B Read more »

Deadbeat Homeowner

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- A friend of mine contracted with a homeowner to perform specific work over to be completed by September 29th. The pay was to be... Read more »

Removing a support post in the basement?

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Hi all, I'm wondering if I can strengthen the support beam in my basement in order to remove one of the support posts... Here's a sketch of the current design: Read more »

400A resedential service

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I upgraded my house from 100A to 200A 5 years ago. I buried 3 conduit from the pole to the house. I was told the 3 would support 400A. At the time I did not have the money to install 400A, so I just... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.